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PostPosted: May 31st, '14, 22:05 
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Hi, we're (yet again) planning our first system. We were originally going to use our small 6×4' greenhouse with an ibc fishtank. Unfortunately, we can't get ibc's locally, and transporting them costs a fortune. My husband has decided we can dig up the bed along our back fence and use all that space, which is about 7m×1m, and currently we're thinking of digging down about 1m, making our own ft's (3 2m×1m) and our own growbeds. If anyone has any advice on the best, or cheapest, materials that we could use for this in the uk, I would be very grateful. Equally, has the fish situation changed much in the last year? I was last on here in july, and it seemed very tricky to get fish stock in the uk for aquaponics.


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I will accomplish pics. Also plans. Then I will change my time several more times. For example, now we're thinking we really only need one fish tank, because otherwise we will definitely have ratios the wrong way around!


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Ok, this is a panarama shot done on my tablet, the fence is actually all one height along the length, and there's only one greenhouse and one dog, just in case it seems like there's more!

We're planning for the fish tank to be at the end away from the greenhouse (which is not involved in our plans except in pieces!) Beside where the spare bins are at the moment. We're basically taking all the space that is currently the mud with plants.

Ok that really hasn't come out well in the corner with the greenhouse. I've added a couple other pictures to show that end a bit better. .


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You have funny looking dogs over there in the UK. Must be an effect of the different hemispheres.

What is the length of the area that you are going to use?

Will the GBs be in or outside of the greenhouse?

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Lmao, the dog was on a different pic that I ended up not posting because it really was that bad. That one is definitely a cat! The space is approx 7m x 1m


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We are going to be building a new greenhouse, using the panels from the old one and some new panels when we run out of old ones. We're currently thinking of using cinder block and pond liner for the ft, and whatever we can find for growbeds. We have one pink plastic tray that is like the dog baths, and my husband is going to scour the local tips for any suitable containers. Or bathtubs. Or anything!

Everything will be inside the new greenhouse.

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I'm trying to decide where would be best to put it, the side I said about in the pictures, or down the other side of the greenhouse. Is there a preference on morning sun or afternoon sun for best plant growth? The side in the pictures ony gets the sun from about midday til 4 -5ish. The other side goes down from the greenhouse to the house and gets the sun from 7am (or earlier) til 2 by the house, stretching til 5pm up by the greenhouse.


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Ok, apparently you can't edit posts? Or I can't work it out anyway. So, another question (as well as the whether am or pm sun is more important) How might I go about insulating a block and liner ft in the ground?


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i think just having it in the ground insulates it quite well im no expert on that but insulation wise a rigid foam insulation like kingspan or extratherm round the outside would do the job


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